C7 Audi RS6 hits the Australian outback with digital TV, radio

The new C7 Audi RS6 wagon (Avant in Audi-speak) will arrive in October 2013 with a starting price of A$225,000.

The 4-litre twin-turbo V8 produces 412kW of power and a not inconsiderable 700Nm wall of torque, which is delivered to all four wheels via the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. An 8-speed automatic transmission — no fancy dual-clutch boxes here — is the only gear shifting option on offer.

Foot to the floor the new RS6 can manage the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.9 seconds. Cylinder deactivation and greater use of aluminium in the RS6’s body has reduced fuel consumption, during official testing, to 9.8L/100km.

For A$225,000 the standard kit on the base RS6 includes adaptive air suspension, 21-inch alloy wheels, sports exhausts, sport-tuned differential, surround-view camera, LED headlights with automatic high beams, head-up display, panoramic sunroof, RS front bucket seats with Valcona leather and honeycomb patterning, matte aluminium styling elements and a luggage rail system as standard.

To that buyers can add the A$4,900 Dynamic Package, which adds “dynamic” steering, an electronic speed limiter that kicks in at an academic for Australia 280km/h, and sports suspension with dynamic ride control. Big spenders can opt for the A$25,840 Dynamic Plus Package, which has all the above plus ceramic brakes and a speed limiter that only kicks in at 305km/h.

There’s also A$8,500 Carbon Styling Package that brings a piano black grille, carbon fibre inserts, body colour wing mirrors, and matte black roof rails to the mix. The tech-minded can add the A$10,375 Assistance Package, which incorporates automated parking, lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and night vision that highlights people in prominent yellow brackets.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]